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Jazz icon Billy Strayhorn gets a dance treatment

The life and work of jazz great Billy Strayhorn is the subject of David Rousséve's dance piece,
The life and work of jazz great Billy Strayhorn is the subject of David Rousséve's dance piece, "Halfway to Dawn."
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On today's show:

The lush life of Billy Strayhorn

(Starts at 8:30)

The pianist, lyricist and arranger was a key collaborator of Duke Ellington's. Strayhorn's life and work is the subject of "Halfway to Dawn," a work by L.A. choreographer David Rousséve that is having its world premiere this week at Redcat. The Frame's John Horn interviewed Rousséve at a rehearsal.

Papa Didn't Take No Mess, but he left one

(Starts at 1:00)

James Brown died in 2006 but his estate is still being contested by various survivors, and there are questions about the legitimacy of his last marriage and the child she claims that he fathered. Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter sorts it out.

A connection between Iceland, upstate New York and L.A.

(Starts at 19:30)

When Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson created his nine-screen video installation, "The Visitors," it was 2012, Barack Obama had just been reelected and, as an admirer of the United States, Kjartansson was hopeful for the future. The romantic Scandinavian wanted to create an homage to what he saw as the history of American liberalism. Set in an old mansion in upstate New York known as Rokeby House, which was built in 1915 by a man who fought in the Revolutionary War, the artist gathered friends from the Reykjavik music scene to create the piece. He tells The Frame how and why he created this collection of singing paintings and why he's happy its permanent home is at The Broad in Los Angeles.